Japan's new World Heritage sites facing preservation challenges
Jiji Press -- Jul 06
Japanese people were delighted with the latest UNESCO decision to give the World Heritage status to Japan's Meiji industrial revolution sites, but owners and operators of some of the properties are scratching their heads at their new obligations to keep them remain the world's "gems."

When recommending inscription of the 23 sites on the World Heritage list in May, a UNESCO advisory panel called on Japan to work out measures to preserve and maintain them. Japan is now required to report preservation plans, such as how to carry out repairs and how to limit visitors, by the end of 2017.

Among the sites, Hashima Island, a key coal mining facility during the revolution period in Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, faces the most urgent need of preservation work.

The island is called "Gunkanjima," or Battleship Island, because a dozen of Japan's oldest apartment buildings made of reinforced concrete collectively shape like a warship's bridge.

ドイツで開催中の国連教育科学文化機関(ユネスコ)世界遺産委員会は5日、福岡など8­県の23施設からなる「明治日本の産業革命遺産 製鉄・製鋼、造船、石炭産業」の世界文化遺産登録を決めた。韓国側は一部施設で朝鮮半­島出身者が強制労働させられたと主張。協議の結果、日本側が戦時中の徴用政策を認め決­着した。

News sources: Jiji Press, Kyodo
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